Organized Crime

Gangster Era Reborn: Unearthed Crime Scenes from New York’s Prohibition Underworld

Nearly 100 years later, there's still new information to discover.

Courtesy of Steve Turner Personal Collection

THE MANFREDI MINEO AND STEVE FERRIGNO MURDER SCENE (NOVEMBER 5, 1930)

Manfredi “Al” Mineo and Steve Ferrigno were gunned down while leaving a Bronx apartment on Pelham Parkway. The pair were reported to be be meeting with their leader Joe “The Boss” Masseria and several other key organization members to plot strategy against the Maranzano faction. Unbeknownst to Mineo and Ferrigno, the apartment was being watched by Maranzano forces, who were stationed in an adjacent ground floor apartment with windows overlooking the courtyard. When the pair emerged, they were ripped to pieces with shotgun and machine-gun fire.

While the above picture is not new, the ones below are newly discovered pictures of the crime scene following the removal of the bodies. Note the second window on the right is closed, indicating both shooters likely fired through closed windows at their targets.

If you zoom in, you’ll note a “death cat” has taken up leisure time under the murder nest in photos B and D

Scene of shooting at 760 Pelham Parkway where Samuel Ferrara and Manfredi Mineo were killed, NYPD 13346A

Courtesy of the New York Municipal Archives
Scene of shooting at 760 Pelham Parkway where Samuel Ferrara and Manfredi Mineo were killed, NYPD 13346B

Courtesy of the New York Municipal Archives
Scene of shooting at 760 Pelham Parkway where Samuel Ferrara and Manfredi Mineo were killed, NYPD 13346C

Courtesy of the New York Municipal Archives
Scene of shooting at 760 Pelham Parkway where Samuel Ferrara and Manfredi Mineo were killed, NYPD 13346D

Courtesy of the New York Municipal Archives
Scene of shooting at 760 Pelham Parkway where Samuel Ferrara and Manfredi Mineo were killed, NYPD 13346B

Courtesy of the New York Municipal Archives

16 comments

  1. Are there anymore gangsters pictures from the archives? They were incredible. The Vincent Coll pictures were insane. I’d love to see some of Maseria and Marrazano. That would be incredible. Please let everyone know if there’s anymore being released. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks for checking it out, Jonathan! So Masseria and Maranzano photos remain big targets for me. My take is they have to be somewhere, just a matter of if the Archives have it or the NYPD themselves. Believe it or not, even all these decades later there’s still records the NYPD haven’t transferred over to the Archives. There’s definitely more gangster photos. The tricky thing with the searches is that a lot of times the names are completely misspelled due the officers who arrived on scene (you’ll notice this on some of the pictures as that’s how they’re listed in the Archives records). So, it’s really a grind to go through the records but so worth it when you find gems like these. Rest assured, once the pandemic slows down and the Archives are open to the public, I’ll be right back in there searching.

      1. Couldn’t email you directly but try this – At the bottom of the first page on the site, you should should see a list of numbers going horizontally across the page in little boxes. Each of these represents a different page with the pictures. If you’re on a mobile device, it’ll be right before title of the next article.

    1. Appreciate the support James and I absolutely loved your Youtube video! You put a big smile on my face and I’ll proudly carry that new favorite person title haha Once the pandemic slows down and the Archives reopen, I plan to get right back in there digging for more gems.

  2. Amazing pictures. Nice research Ismael. I enjoyed it including the stories that go with it. I hope you find more (Greetings from the Netherlands)

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